We know the seismic activity being felt in Irving has raised questions and concerns among our community and we are committed to sharing information as we receive it. We are continuously updating our website with information for residents to access and we invite residents with questions to attend a previously scheduled Mayor-Council led Town Hall Meeting for residents and businesses at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Irving Arts Center, Dupree Theater, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
The City of Irving is partnering with the City of Dallas and experts at Southern Methodist University (SMU) to study the series of minor tremors that have occurred in the area. The city is grateful to the seismology experts at SMU, who have been working with city staff members to install more than 22 seismographs in Irving and Dallas. The equipment installed by these experts is providing us critical information to help pinpoint the location of these tremors, which scientists say is the first step in studying and understanding these earthquakes. The city also would like to thank the national earthquake experts at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) for providing additional equipment that SMU experts are using to monitor the tremors in our area. Researchers say it will take time for them to analyze the data from their equipment.
Additionally, Irving and Dallas have formed a task force to help coordinate a regional response to the earthquakes and see what measures can be taken to educate and protect the community. Irving also is working with Dallas County officials on emergency management protocols.